Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, spicy, and best podcasts that have fed my ears this week. They’re listed in no particular order. You can see what I’ve been listening to here to see the competition these shows beat out to earn their spot as the best of the week.
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Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller: How to Beat Perfectionism-Patty Niemi, San Francisco Opera Orchestra (6/21/17): What it’s about: “What if the thing you really love to do makes you so anxious it gets in the way of doing your job? For Patti Niemi, a percussionist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, her first experience with anxiety cropped up while in her second year at at Juilliard, causing her hands to shake uncontrollably. Niemi wrote a memoir called “Sticking It Out. From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit.” In this episode, hear how she rose to the top of the music world and above her anxiety.” Why it’s great: Inflection Point was selected to participate in PRX’s Project Catapult, and there are some great enhancements to the format – for example, Schiller now introduces some of the guest’s story immediately, which gives the listener a glimpse into what they’re going to hear about in a few minutes. I’m thrilled one of my favorite shows is back after a short hiatus. (27 minutes)
Read my review (5 stars) of Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller here! (last updated December 2016)
The Sporkful: How to Be Fat (With Lindy West) (6/19/17): What it’s about: “The author of “Shrill” and leader of the fat acceptance movement says, “As a fat person, you’re always under surveillance when you’re eating.”” Why it’s great: Lindy West is always terrific, and I particularly delighted in listening to her and host Dan Pashman giggle about food together. It was really down to earth and their interaction was so genuine. (32 minutes)
Read my review (4 stars) of The Sporkful here! (January 2017)
The Brain Candy Podcast, Episode 131: Bachelor in Paradise Update & Interview with Reality Steve (6/22/17): What it’s about: “Today we go in greater depth about the Bachelor in Paradise situation in light of the recent news that Warner Bros has completed their investigation and found no crime took place. We also talk to Reality Steve about the Corinne and Demario scandal, but we recorded the interview before the more recent developments. Also, we talk about Sarah’s goth years and other silly Sarah nonsense.” Why it’s great: The Bachelor franchise is one of my guilty pleasures so I’ve been following the recent scandal around Bachelor in Paradise. I’m impressed that Susie landed Reality Steve as a guest but feel like she has an even more credible perspective than he does when it comes to what actually happens on a reality TV show (as she’s been on several and he’s been on zero). It was a really interesting discussion. I also enjoyed Sarah’s mom translator moments. (74 minutes)
Read my review (5 stars) of The Brain Candy Podcast here! (last updated February 2017)
Criminal, Episode 69: Becoming Chief Brown (6/16/17): What it’s about: “Shortly after David Brown was sworn in as the Dallas Chief of Police, his son shot and killed a police officer. Just before he retired as chief, 5 Dallas officers were shot and killed in what was said to be the deadliest attack for law enforcement since September 11th, 2001. Today on the show, we ask David Brown how he’s changed after 33 years of policing.” Why it’s great: Can you imagine the position Brown was in after his son killed a police officer? Holy cow. (29 minutes)
Read my review (4 stars) of Criminal here! (September 2015)
What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law, Episode 2: The Appointments Clause and Removal Power (6/15/17): What it’s about: “The US Constitution has a clause that describes how the president can hire certain political appointees with the advice and consent of the Senate. It doesn’t say when the president can fire someone. We take a look at recent Trump firings and put them in context of Supreme Court cases where the court both upheld and denied the president’s right to fire an executive branch employee. Even if a president has the constitutional power to fire someone, it doesn’t mean there aren’t political and legal consequences of the action.” Why it’s great: Don’t let the title of this podcast make you think it’s not worth listening to. In case you didn’t know, Con Law means constitutional law. And host Roman Mars doesn’t know that much about the U.S. Constitution, nor do most Americans. So he and his professor friend Elizabeth Joh examine parts of the Constitution that are suddenly relevant, like the appointments clause and the president’s abililty to fire people. A little side note – Mars’ ad reading is fantastic. I love the idea of Trump needing to make his own Squarespace site or use ZipRecruiter for a new job. (16 minutes)
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